Survivor

Sometimes, Survivor contestants just find themselves on the wrong side of the numbers. Other times, they have the numbers, but they self destruct and find themselves voted out by their own alliance.

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and a member of the jury on Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance. He has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach.

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Survivor's Sugar Kiper is Married – and Has a New Baby Girl!

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She's an actress and pin-up model. He's a photographer. So it seemed natural for two-time Survivor contestant Jessica "Sugar" Kiper to tie the knot with her new husband, Nicholas Critelli.

The couple said "I do" on Valentine's Day in a small outdoor ceremony. The reception was held in a '50s diner. "It's unique," Kiper tells PEOPLE. "But I wanted to do something different. I'm wearing a red dress because that's good luck."

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Survivor is back this week – and by all accounts, it's one of the most difficult environments in the show's 32-season history.

"The conditions are punishing," host Jeff Probst tells PEOPLE. "There's rain. There's heat. It's just miserable. The problem with the rough conditions is that even a minor cut or scrape can become really dangerous."

If the show's first five minutes are any indication of what's in store for the 18 contestants, it looks brutal.

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Speaks Out After Child Pornography and Racketeering Arrest: 'I Have Never, Ever Hurt a Child'

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Michael Skupin is speaking out for the first time since last week's arrest – and the reality star vigorously maintains his innocence.

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Charged with Child Pornography and Racketeering

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Former Survivor contestant Michael Skupin is facing 11 criminal charges, including possession of child pornography and racketeering, the Michigan Attorney General's office announced Friday.

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Some people have jobs that are pure drudgery, where they do the same thing day after day after day after day.

After 16 years, you'd think that Jeff Probst would feel that way about Survivor. After all, he delivers many of the same lines on each episode. Immunity is won and lost. Someone is voted out. A torch is snuffed.

As the show prepares to debut its 32nd season in February, Probst enthusiastically tells PEOPLE that there is plenty of life left in the Survivor franchise. And the numbers don't lie – the show still delivers strong ratings, consistently winning the night in key demographics.

And Probst, 54, isn't going anywhere.

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Okay, let's take a quiz.

You've just competed on a wildly successful season of Survivor. You've either won the game, or you've emerged as one of the fan favorites.

What's your next move?

Well, if you're winner Jeremy Collins or standout contestant Joe Anglim, you land a guest starring role on The Young and the Restless.

On Wednesday's episode of the long-running soap opera, the reality stars will play coffee shop patrons. They filmed their scenes in December with series star Joshua Morrow, who happens to be a huge fan of Survivor.

PEOPLE spoke with Morrow, Anglim and Collins about the episode – and how Morrow would do if he ever competed on Survivor.

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FIRST LOOK: Preview Survivor's 'Most Punishing Season Yet'

Originally posted 01/22/2016 05:20 PM

Well, this looks awful.

CBS will begin airing its first Survivor preview since the newest cast was announced this weekend. In the First Look promo – obtained exclusively by PEOPLE – instead of playing the normal tribal music, the network is highlighting the suffering that the contestants endured.

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Meet the Cast of Survivor: Kaoh Rong

Originally posted 01/20/2016 11:00 AM

Where does Survivor find these people?

No, that's not a rhetorical question. We really want to know.

When the long-running reality show returns for its 32nd season, Survivor: Kaoh Rong, on Feb. 17, they've found a new batch of contestants to compete for the $1 million prize. Survivor's strength has always been in its casting, and, by the looks of this crew, they may have done it again.

There's a bounty hunter from Detroit, a Minnesota ER doctor, a semi-retired NBA player and a female bodybuilder from Georgia. There's a 19-year-old student and a 72-year-old(!) former FBI agent from Florida.

For the record, only one other septuagenarian has played Survivor. Rudy Boesch was 72 when he played in Survivor: Borneo and 75 when he competed in Survivor: All Stars. He turns 88 on Wednesday and is still going strong.

In a nod to 2014's exceptional Survivor: Cagayan, the tribes will be split up into the same three categories: Brains, Brawn and Beauty. By all accounts, it's a brutal season with inclement weather, exhausting challenges and more than one medical emergency.

The season will also feature a new twist: two hidden immunity idols can combine to form one super idol that can be played after the votes are read. (Okay, we'll reserve judgement on that one until we see it play out.)

Here are the 18 contestants who will try to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast their way to the end.

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